How Do I Transplant My "Tomato" Plant?
Congratulations! Your plant is ready to be transplanted. So what now?
Once your "tomato" plant has an established enough root system—that is, they're sturdy and established, and chances are, bursting out of its container—you're ready to transplant it into a larger container or a permanent growing system.
Of course, you'll need to be very careful doing this; this is your baby after all. So, yes: there's a right way to transplant, and there's a wrong way to transplant. And this goes for all "tomato" plants, no matter what growing system you're using to sprout your seeds.
Here's why you don't want to do it wrong: if you mess up when you're transplanting, your plants could go into shock, and it's as serious as it sounds. Its leaves will turn yellow, and could potentially wither and die. Just think of anytime you've ever moved homes; it's traumatizing, no? Your "tomato" plant is far more sensitive, and these moves can lead to tragic ends.
Transplanting is important because your plant will not be able to mature properly if not given the space to. Once your "tomato" plants have filled whatever container you grew them in (because trust—they will expand until the entirety of the container is full), that means they've moved from the seedling stage to the vegging stage and it's time to give them a new home.
The vegging (or vegetative) stage is when your plant will grow the most... so much so that it seems almost a bit out of control. But that's normal, so don't worry.
When your plant is ready for the veg stage, you'll know because its root system is sturdy enough that it will be able to remain in tact when you (gently) grab your plant by its stem and tap it out of its container. This shouldn't damage the plant because of its established root system.
But first thing's first: let's get clean.
Make sure your new growing container is clean as a whistle so that your plants won't be infected. Then, fill it with new soil—but make sure you're using the same soil (read: same brand) that you grew in so that you can further minimize the shock for your plant. Also make sure that your soil is moist (read: neither desert-like, nor mud-like).
Then, turn to your plant and have the stalk of your plant between your pointer and middle fingers (your palm should be facing down). Put your other hand under the bottom of the plant and quickly (but gently) turn the pot upside down to remove your plant out of the pot.
Gently nestle your plant into the new soil of the large container, and carefully create a mound of soil around the plant.
So, that's it. That's how you transplant your growing "tomato" plants into larger containers, in which they'll grow into the ultimate sticky plants.
Now, all of this is good and all, but not all of us are green thumbs. And that's why when you grow with BC Northern Lights, we try to make transplanting as easy as possible by starting your cuttings off in rockwool cubes.
Once your plants are ready to be transplanted, all you have to remove the 1-inch rockwool cubes, place them into 3.5-inch rockwool cubes, and voila—you've got yourself some plants ready to get all growed up.
And, if you have any issues with getting it all set up, don't sweat it; you can call us any time at BCNL and we'll sort you right out.
Transplanting, schransplanting—we got you and your "tomato" plants.